SUSTAINABLE FOR TOMORROW
As a family business we take our social responsibility very seriously and design our entire value chain according to strict social, ecological and economic principles.
Here you can find out which goals we are pursuing in the area of sustainability and which projects we are already implementing today.
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FAIR FOR ALL
We at KÜBLER are aware of our responsibility as one of the market-leading manufacturers in our industry, which is why we attach great importance to sustainable action and decision-making, taking social, economic and ecological concerns into account
For this reason, we have drawn up a which sets out our company-wide understanding of sustainability and compliance, as well as our requirements for suppliers and service providers in this regard. Our aim is to anchor the concept of sustainability even more firmly as an integral part of all corporate activities.
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Our products and services make a tangible contribution to the success of our partners and must deliver what the KÜBLER name promises: the highest quality.
By continuously optimising our processes, we always want to deliver the best possible performance and offer our customers only flawless products and services. We are very well positioned to achieve this goal: Certification according to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 by TÜV-Rheinland confirms that both our quality and environmental management meet the high requirements of the international standard.
STANDARD 100 BY OEKO-TEX®
Offering products that are harmless to health and at the same time offer the highest functionality is very important to us. The skin compatibility of the materials used plays a decisive role. Our products are therefore tested for harmful substances and, with a few exceptions, are STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified.
STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is an independent, internationally recognised testing and certification system. The world's leading health label for textiles stands for "textile confidence" like no other. OEKO-TEX® certified products are tested for harmful substances by independent testing institutes. This testing is subject to fixed limit values that sometimes exceed the legal requirements.
The "Supporting Fairtrade Cotton" project was launched and developed in cooperation with Fairtrade.
The programme focuses on the people at the beginning of the textile value chain: the farmers who grow and harvest the cotton. It opens up both fair trading conditions for them and new avenues for social change and greater environmental protection. To meet Fairtrade standards and be certified, smallholders have to fulfil many conditions. They have to comply with environmental and social requirements and ensure health and safety in cotton production. In return, they receive premiums that can be used for community projects after a democratic vote.
We are licensed for the Green Button.
The Green Button is a state seal for sustainably produced textiles. It sets binding requirements to protect people and the environment in the production process of textiles. A total of 46 demanding social and environmental criteria must be met - from A as in waste water limits to Z as in forced labour ban.
What is special about the Green Button : In addition to the product, it is always checked whether the company as a whole fulfils its human rights and ecological due diligence obligations in the textile supply chain. The state sets the criteria and conditions for the Green Button. Independent inspection bodies monitor compliance with the criteria.
AMFORI BUSINESS SOCIAL COMPLIANCE INITIATIVE
We believe that living wages and reasonable working hours are self-evident and essential to the quality of life of our employees. We do not accept child labour or working conditions that restrict or oppress people's freedom.
That is why we are a member of amfori, the world's leading business association for free and sustainable trade. We improve the social performance of our supply chain through amfori BSCI.
To ensure environmentally friendly production and to protect natural resources, we work exclusively with suppliers who are highly environmentally conscious in their use of harmful substances or do not use them at all.
In the area of merchandise management, we have joined the climate protection project GO GREEN of DEUTSCHE POST DHL, which consistently pursues the increase of CO2 efficiency in transport.
In our in-house cutting department, we pay attention to the efficient recycling of materials and use even the smallest fabric remnants to minimise waste. When selecting our logistics partners, we also make sure that parcels are shipped in a CO2-neutral manner.
Presentation of risks and measures KÜBLER
To identify risks in our supply chain, we have conducted a risk analysis, both at country and supplier level.
The analysis was based on the sector risks of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Promoting Responsible Supply Chains in the Apparel and Footwear Industry. Using these, the specific country risks were assessed based on reliable, external sources. For example, the ITUC Global Rights Index and the Environmental Performance Index were used as external sources. At the supplier level, mitigating measures and knowledge of actual negative impacts were used to determine the individual risk of each supplier.
The identified risks were assessed and prioritised according to probability of occurrence, severity and our ability to influence.
In the risk analysis, we identified risks in the areas of working hours, wages and corruption in the ready-made garment companies and prioritised them accordingly. In order to counter these risks effectively and appropriately, we rely first and foremost on a personal exchange with our suppliers through regular visits and raising awareness of the negative impacts at management level.
At the same time, we review our own purchasing practices for aspects that may increase the risks of working hours and wages. To ensure the effectiveness of our measures, we also use the selective review with social audits by independent third parties.
In the area of wet processes, the risks of hazardous chemicals, water consumption and pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions have been prioritised. In addition to compliance with local laws, we rely on education and training to educate on the handling of chemicals and reduction opportunities in water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and minimise risks.
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We are confident that these measures will minimise our identified risks and enable us to further implement our high social and environmental standards in our supply chain.
[Version 1 | As of: 09.12.2022]